Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

School Districts Must Use Buses with Diesel Emissions Filters

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

School Districts Must Use Buses with Diesel Emissions Filters

Article excerpt

More than half of America's schoolchildren ride a school bus each day. Unfortunately, school buses with outdated emissions controls expose children to diesel particulate matter, a toxic air pollutant that is damaging to their health.

Diesel particulate matter is the No. 1 cancer risk from any toxic outdoor air pollutant in the Pittsburgh region. Diesel particles are also linked to asthma attacks, heart attacks, stroke, diabetes and reduced brain function.

Children are especially vulnerable, as they breathe at a faster rate than adults and are physically closer to diesel pollution sources. And since their bodies are still developing, damage now could impact their bodies and minds for years to come.

The good news is that a solution is readily available to reduce air pollution from school buses. …

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